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Little Wings of Faith Learning Center:

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It takes a village to raise a child: No one understands this more than a parent looking for quality childcare. From the caregivers to the administrators to the state licensing agents, everyone involved in a childcare’s operation helps shape a child’s first early learning experience. It’s no surprise that finding a good childcare is a great concern; for many families, it’s a safe, affordable option that allows children to socialize and learn in a loving environment structured around their needs. According to the Childcare in America census, in 2012 nearly 11 million children under the age of five, in the United States are in some type of child care arrangement every week. Although it’s a popular, much needed service, finding the right childcare remains a huge challenge. The reasons are many, but one fact is clear: To find the best  learning center for you and your child/children, you need to know as much information as possible about your childcare choices.

 Here are some helpful hints when choosing a preschool for your child and family needs:

1. Get recommendations from people who hold similar values. You may trust your best friend inherently, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have the same philosophy about childcare.

2. Look for signs of an organized, well-thought-out day. Because young children feel safe when their days are structured and predictable, it makes sense to look for a daycare with clear plans and activities. We strive to have clearly established regulations for everything from operating hours to how to handle emergencies.

3. Know your priorities. Since no daycare center is perfect for every child, parents should have a good idea of what they are looking for in childcare, what you can live with, and what’s simply intolerable; and know that these factors will be different for every family.

4. Look beyond credentials and jargon. Although our directors and teachers are trained in Early Childhood Education we don’t want to snow you with fancy lingo. We know that our degrees aren’t what will ultimately help you choose us as the right fit for your family. We hope to answer your questions clearly, without using jargon as a smoke screen.

5. Make sure the teachers are fully attuned to child development. Though 2- and 3-year-olds may be close in age, they are worlds apart developmentally. Try comparing classroom toys and activities from room to room. Although our schedules are very similar from class-to-class we strive to teach each age group with age appropriate lessons and fun activities.

6. Determine whether the teachers feel empowered. Caregivers who work directly with children often have great ideas, and the director should be able to honor them if they’re reasonable. Our directors encourage teachers to be self-motivated and are always seeking new ways to help the children learn.

8. Don’t ignore your gut feeling. No matter how great a center is, we understand that each family has its own culture, ideas, and needs and that they want to find the learning environment that best fits its particular child-rearing style. However, we hope you will feel at ease with us as we wish to be your families choice of childcare.

 

Subsidized-Childcare Options:

You may qualify for subsidized child care. To find out contact:
Early Learning Coalition of Marion County
3304 SE Lake Weir Avenue Ste. 2
Ocala, Florida 34471
Phone: 352-369-2315
Fax: 352-369-2475

ELCMC Services

  • Child Care Resources & Referral – free information and referral for anyone seeking a quality child care setting in Marion County.
  • Family and parent education and providing resources for the adults who are responsible for children’s care.

 

 
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